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Yellowknife’s Ambassador restaurant to close after three months

Inside Yellowknife's Ambassador restaurant on opening day. Alice Twa/Cabin Radio

The Ambassador, an Indian restaurant in Yellowknife, is to close after just three months in operation.

Mizanur Rahman Tito, who owns the restaurant, placed the Ambassador’s inventory up for sale via Facebook on Thursday – saying he was selling “everything I have had to purchase since opening this business.”

The Ambassador opened in July. There is no firm timeline for its closure, but Rahman Tito said a lack of customers was forcing the restaurant to wind up.

Visited by a Cabin Radio reporter on Thursday afternoon, Rahman Tito said the business was losing $1,000 a day and had not taken even $50 in sales on the day in question.



The Ambassador’s brief lifespan was a rocky one. On his opening day, Rahman Tito said the real brains behind the operation – his wife, who he described as an excellent chef – was stranded in Bangladesh as she could not immigrate to Canada.

Rahman Tito blamed a range of politicians for failing to help the couple resolve his wife’s immigration case. Again, on Thursday, he accused politicians of not wanting to help.

In July, Rahman Tito said his application to sponsor his wife’s immigration to Canada had been in limbo for more than two years, with no sign of an outcome.

“This is her dream,” he said at the time, referring to the restaurant. “I don’t know when she’s coming but I’m trying my best.”

The Ambassador also faced accusations, more recently, from an individual claiming to be a former employee, who posted online alleging workplace mistreatment and irregularities in food preparation – though those claims could not be corroborated.

Anyone interested in acquiring some of the restaurant’s inventory is invited to call 867-444-5555 “as soon as possible.”